Home Office proposes new crack down on illegal workers

Several
hundred thousand immigrants could be working illegally in Britain, according to
a government report.

A
consultation document by the Home Office on preventing illegal working says
illegal working is "widespread".

The
paper reports that many employers are presented with fraudulent documents,
making it difficult to check whether job candidates are entitled to work
legally.

Employers
face fines of up to £5,000 for every illegal worker employed if proper checks
have not been carried out.

New
checks for prospective employers are proposed. These include asking non-EU
applicants for two separate identity documents.

By Quentin Reade

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